UK plans another vote to push for snap election
London, September 5
The UK government said on Thursday that the members of Parliament will get another chance to vote for an early election on Monday.
The move comes after the House of Commons rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan for a snap election on October 15 in a vote on Wednesday. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Labour Party wanted an election, but its priority was stopping a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson on Thursday said he would “rather be dead in a ditch” than delay Brexit beyond next month, as he urged opposition lawmakers who oppose his plan to support an early election.
MPs in the House of Commons this week passed a Bill that could stop Johnson taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal with Brussels.
But they also rejected his call for a snap election to resolve the political deadlock that has characterised the past three years since the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit.
In a speech in northern England, Johnson said: “We must come out of the EU on October 31,” the Conservative leader said.
UK Cabinet Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg told parliamentarians he would put forward a “motion relating to an early parliamentary election” to be voted on Monday evening.
Johnson wants an election on October 15 in order to stick to the Brexit deadline of October 31. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister expressed regret about his brother Jo’s resignation as a junior universities minister a few hours earlier, which only reinforced the sense of a government in crisis. — Agencies